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Neurology - Parkinson's

Houston, Texas

The Cullen Building at Baylor College of Medicine.
Department of Neurology
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Joseph Jankovic, M.D.

Professor of Neurology
Distinguished Chair in Movement Disorders
Director, Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic
Co-Director, Parkinson's Disease Research Laboratory

Dr. Joseph Jankovic

Joseph Jankovic, M.D.

After receiving his M.D. degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1973, Dr. Jankovic completed medicine internship at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and residency in neurology at the Neurological Institute, Columbia University, New York City, where he was selected as the chief resident. He also obtained additional training in movement disorders with Stanley Fahn, M.D. In 1977 he joined the faculty at BCM and became a founder and director of the Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic, which has since been recognized as a "Center of Excellence" by the National Parkinson Foundation and the Huntington Disease Society of America. Promoted to a full professor of neurology in 1988, Dr. Jankovic currently holds the endowed Baylor College of Medicine distinguished chair in movement disorders.

Dr. Jankovic is past president of the international Movement Disorder Society and an honorary member of the American Neurological Association, Australian Association of Neurologists, and French Neurological Society. He is the recipient of many other honors including the 2007 American Academy of Neurology Movement Disorders Research Award, sponsored by the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, the 2008 Guthrie Family Humanitarian Award, presented by the Huntington's Disease Society of America, the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the national Tourette Syndrome Association, and selection as a "Great Teacher" by the National Institute of Health.

Dr. Jankovic has published over 800 original articles and chapters and has edited or co-edited 35 books and volumes, including several standard textbooks such as "Neurology in Clinical Practice" ( and "Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders" (along with a video atlas), both currently in 5th edition. Dr. Jankovic, along with Dr. Fahn, also co-authored a comprehensive book (and DVD) entitled "Principles and Practice of Movement Disorders". Since 2004 Dr. Jankovic has been listed as Highly Cited Researcher ( In addition to Parkinson disease and other parkinsonian disorders, Dr. Jankovic's publications have focused also on tremors, dystonia, Tourette syndrome, Huntington disease, myoclonus, tardive dyskinesia, restless legs syndrome, paroxysmal dyskinesias, psychogenic movement disorders, and various neurodegenerative disorders, as well as medical, surgical, and experimental therapeutics of movement disorders. Dr. Jankovic's pioneering research in drugs such as botulinum toxin and tetrabenazine has led to their approval by the Food and Drug Administration. Since 1990, he has co-directed the annual course "A Comprehensive Review of Movement Disorders", in Aspen, Colorado, and has also directed or co-directed annual AAN courses on movement disorders.

Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Jankovic is a fellow of the AAN, and an active member of many other professional organizations. He is current or past member of numerous scientific and medical advisory boards of national foundations including the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, International Tremor Foundation, Tourette Syndrome Association, World Federation of Neurology Research Committee on Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders, and the National Parkinson Foundation. Dr. Jankovic also serves on the executive scientific advisory board of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. He is the founder and past chair of the Medical Advisory Board for the Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation. He has served on editorial boards of Neurology, Movement Disorders, Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, Journal of Neurological Sciences, Neurology Medlink, Clinical Neuropharmacology, Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, The Botulinum Journal, American Journal of Clinical Neurology, and other journals. Dr. Jankovic has mentored numerous fellows and other trainees many of whom have become leaders in the field of movement disorders. Invited as a speaker of many endowed lectures, Dr. Jankovic is listed in The Best Doctors in America, America's Top Doctors, and Who's Who in the World.

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